Friday, January 14, 2011

Survey: College graduates unprepared for job interviews

College grads take time to reflect

This post was written by Becky Bruce and was reprinted with permission from

ALT LAKE CITY -- News flash to young job seekers: it's not OK to wear your flip-flops to a job interview.

A new survey of 100 firms found Generation "Text" doesn't understand key aspects of office etiquette -- especially when it comes to the job interview. For example, leaving in the nose ring, sporting flip-flops and even using words like "dude" with a prospective employer.

Carly Hazen, an executive recruiter for Prince, Perelson and Associates, says people in college get used to an abbreviated style of communication, encouraged by texting, Twitter and Facebook. But when it comes to writing your resume, 140 characters aren't appropriate.

"A lot of these individuals don't have the basic fundamentals on how to put together a well-written resume, a well-written cover letter, you know, proper interview attire," Hazen says. "They're a lot more casual in their attire, a lot more casual in their conversation style, a lot more casual in their follow-up for interviews."

The jobless rate is higher among job seekers aged 20 to 24, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Labor Department. It's at 14 percent for that age group. It means there were 2.2 million people in that age group who were unemployed in November.

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